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Yemen Price Bulletin August 2014

Wheat is the staple food for poor households in Yemen; sorghum is most often consumed as a substitute. Rice is important to all wealth groups. Sana’a market is the most important in Yemen and supplies other markets within the country. Wheat milling is concentrated at the ports of Aden and Al Hudayda, which also serve as the main reference and source markets for their respective region’s of the country. Aden is the reference market for the southern region, located in a deficit zone and is the largest wholesale market with a large storage capacity.

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Security Council, in Presidential Statement, Urges Stop to Escalating Campaign by Yemeni Faction to ‘Bring Down the Government’, Disrupt Transition

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Security Council

7255th Meeting (AM)

Condemning the actions of the Houthis in Yemen who overran the city of Amran and the army headquarters there on 8 July, the Security Council this morning called on the faction to withdraw, cease hostilities in the area and remove camps and checkpoints around the country's capital, Sana'a.

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ECHO Factsheet Yemen (August 2014)

Key Messages

  • Humanitarian actors in Yemen need to maintain their focus on emergency, life-saving aid, as well as continuing to advocate for coordinated funding, assessments and activities.

  • Stronger coordination among humanitarian partners and effective actions are needed to cover the nutritional needs and reduce the high levels of acute malnutrition, in particular among children under the age of five and vulnerable pregnant and lactating women.

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ALESCO: Illiteracy exceeds 8 million mark in Yemen

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Yemen Times

SANA’A, Aug. 27 - There are 8.5 million male and female illiterates in Yemen, which accounts for almost a third of the country’s population of 26 million, according to Dr. Yahya Al-Saidi, manager of the Education Administration at the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (ALECSO).

Al-Saidi said of the 40 million illiterate Arabs, more than 8 million are from Yemen.

Mustafa Al-Saberi, the press secretary for the education minister said that the ministry can neither deny nor confirm the statistics by ALESCO.

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Fighting continues in Al-Jawf, casualties mounting

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Yemen Times

Bassam Al-Khameri (author)

SANA’A, Aug. 25—Tribesmen in Al-Jawf governorate attacked Houthi posts in Al-Ghail district on Sunday night and Monday morning, leaving two tribesmen killed and six others injured, according to Saleh Al-Rawsa, the leader of the popular committees in Al-Jawf.

Al-Rawsa told the Yemen Times that the popular committees took over Houthi posts and killed several Houthis, adding that the number of Houthi casualties is unknown as Houthi members took the bodies.

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Al-Ghayl Conflict IDPs Rapid Assessment Report, 25th August, 2014

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Islamic Help

Background

The conflict of Al-Ghayl which is mainly between Al-Islah and Al-Houthis has resulted in the displacement of 90% of residents (total population 1,309 HHs and 10,436 individuals) from Al-Ghail district and the closure of routes leading to the district and Al-Jawf governorate. The district has high strategic value as the main road route to Al-Jawf from Sana'a and Ma'arib pass through the area and controlling the route will provide a military and strategic advantage.

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Yemen Remote Monitoring Update August 2014

Persistent conflict and recent withdrawal of fuel subsidies continue to exacerbate Crisis-level food insecurity crisis

Key Messages

Persistent conflict continues to displace households in central areas of Yemen, disrupting livelihood strategies and reducing the ability for households to meet their basic food and non-food needs. In July, more than 10,000 people were displaced due to conflict.

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September 2014 Special Update – Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

On 1 July 2014, the UN Secretary-General submitted his 13th annual report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council, pursuant to SCR 2068. The Council will discuss the report during a debate on children and armed conflict on 8 September 2014 hosted by the United States.

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict urges the Security Council to commit to the following actions to strengthen implementation of the Children and Armed Conflict agenda:

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Consensual, Yemeni-led political process only peaceful exit to current crisis: UN envoy

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UN News Service

26 August 2014 – The United Nations envoy to Yemen today expressed concern over the high level of unrest in the country which he says is probably the most serious since the beginning of the political transition in 2011.

Briefing reporters in the capital, Sana’a, Jamal Benomar said that in recent weeks he had been in consultations with various political leaders, trying to facilitate negotiations and help reach consensus on a peaceful solution to the current crisis.

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Somalia + 4 others
In the Horn of Africa, Saudi's Mass Deportations Have Devastating Impact

In November of 2013, the government of Saudi Arabia began expelling large numbers of foreign nationals, including some 550,000 Yemenis, 180,000 Ethiopians, and 36,000 Somalis. While there has been little international attention or condemnation of these deportations, the returning individuals and their countries of origin have suffered many logistical, economic, and social ramifications due to this decision.

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Yemen fuel subsidy cuts hit poor hardest

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IRIN

SANA'A, 25 August 2014 (IRIN) - A sharp increase in fuel prices threatens to plunge hundreds of thousands of Yemenis into poverty and food insecurity in the Arab world's poorest country - particularly if regular welfare payments to Yemen's poorest people continue to be dispersed erratically, aid organizations have warned.

The government's decision to slash fuel subsidies has set off a wave of discontent, with major protests in the capital Sana'a over the past week calling for the cuts to be reversed and the government to be dissolved.

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Rival Yemeni protests as talks with Shiite rebels fail

08/24/2014 19:16 GMT

by Hammoud Mounassar

SANAA, August 24, 2014 (AFP) - Rival protests stoked up tension in Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday as a presidential negotiating team abandoned talks with Shiite rebels, accusing them of seeking to ignite a war.

President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi urged "vigilance and increased preparation to face any options that could be imposed" on Yemen, at a meeting with the supreme security and military committee, state news agency Saba reported.

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How Humanitarian Aid is Making a Difference [EN/AR]

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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UN envoy in Yemen calls for constructive cooperation, peaceful solution to crisis

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UN News Service

22 August 2014 – Amid escalating tensions and ongoing political instability in Yemen, the United Nations envoy to the country today urged all the parties to move the political process forward by addressing the roots of the current turmoil through comprehensive dialogue.

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Global Humanitarian Overview - Status Report, August 2014

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102 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance compared to 81 million in December 2013. Global financial requirements to cover humanitarian needs rose from $12.9 billion to $17.3 billion now.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Yemen armed forces on alert as rebel deadline nears

08/21/2014 19:29 GMT -

SANAA, August 21, 2014 (AFP) - President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi urged Yemen's armed forces Thursday to "raise their level of vigilance" on the eve of the expiry of a rebel deadline for the government to quit.

However, Hadi also sent a delegation to Shiite Zaidi rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Huthi in his Saada stronghold north of Sanaa to invite his group to talk and urge them to join a national unity government.

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Somalia + 5 others
Communique of Ministerial Meeting on the Somali Refugee Situation commits to fresh impetus for durable solutions for Somali refugees

Statement by the Governments of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Yemen; the African Union; the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development; the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia; the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees upon conclusion of Ministerial Meeting of the High Commissioner’s Global Initiative on Somali Refugees in Addis Ababa on 20 August 2014

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More than 14 mln Yemenis need urgent aid -- EC

SANAA, Aug 20 (KUNA) -- The European Commission sounded the alarm on Wednesday that up to 14.5 million Yemenis are in need for urgent humanitarian aid.

The EC, in a statement, circulated here, said it had earmarked euro 33 million worth of aid for the Yemeni Government to secure food for those in need.

Securing food is a major challenge facing some 10.5 million Yemenis and number of children suffering from acute malnourishment jumped to 1.6 million this year, it warned.

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Thousands of armed rebels flood Yemen capital

08/20/2014 15:05 GMT

by Hammoud Mounassar

SANAA, August 20, 2014 (AFP) - Thousands of armed Shiite rebels in Yemen strengthened their positions in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday as they pressed their campaign to force the government to resign, AFP correspondents witnessed.

The rebels have been fighting an off-conflict with government troops in the northern mountains for the past decade but analysts warned their bid for a greater share of power in a promised new federal Yemen was creating a potentially explosive situation.

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